Month of April
Dublin city libraries are hosting a range of talks, exhibitions, and events to celebrate the Centenary and to coincide with the One City, One Book festival. (This year’s book Fallen by Lia Mills tells the story of the Rising through the eyes of ordinary Dubliners.) Most of these events are free but some require booking. Full programme and details available here.
from Thursday March 3rd (Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 2pm-5pm. Closed Mondays)
Proclaiming a Republic – the 1916 Rising. The biggest exhibition ever mounted by the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks. Admission free.
Thursday, 21st April, 6.30pm
Civilians and the 1916 Rising. How were citizens treated by combatants from both sides during the Rising? What impact did food shortages and martial law have on ordinary people? Join John Dorney for a free talk at Pearse Street Library & Archive. No booking necessary.
Thursday, 21st April, 6.30pm
Battle of Mount Street Bridge, a talk by Michael Pengum, Sandymount Historical Society. Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre, Grand Canal Quay. Free. No booking necessary.
Easter Monday, 28th March, 11am – 6pm
RTE Reflecting the Rising, a day of free family events throughout Dublin, including hundreds of talks, performances, concerts and screenings. This is the biggest 1916 celebration of the year. All events free, but booking strongly advised. For booking and transport information and a full list of events, see RTE 1916.
February to October, daily (Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12noon – 5pm)
Rising, a free photographic exhibition at the National Photographic Archive, Meeting
House Square, Temple Bar.
February 4th – August 31st
After Easter: Photographs of Dublin by Thomas Johnson Westropp,
Architectural Archives Gallery, 45 Merrion Square.
January 15 – February 21st
The Foggy Dew, painting and sculpture by Mick O’Dea at RHA, Ely Place. Free admission.
Month of February, Every Sunday, 3pm
Each Sunday throughout February the National Museum of Ireland (Decorative Arts and History) will host a performance of Eugene McCabe’s one-act play Pull Down a Horseman: the secret meeting that agreed the date for the Easter Rising. The play is based on actual events and dramatises the secret meeting between James Connolly, Patrick Pearse and other republican leaders that took place in January 1916. Having been ‘invited’ to the meeting, the outcome was that Connolly joined the Irish Republican Brotherhood, committed his Irish Citizen Army to join with the Irish Volunteers and finally, fixed a date for what became the Easter Rising.
Performance for adult audiences will take place in Collins Barracks on Sunday 7, 14, 21 and 28 February 2016, from 3pm-3.45pm. Tickets are €5 each and will be available at the door. Each performance will be followed by a discussion drawing on the contextual environment provided by the centenary year of the Rising. The play is directed by Conor O’Malley and is presented by Dublin Lyric Players.
Sunday 31st January, 1pm
1916 Walking Tour with Minister Kevin Humphreys and historian Pat Liddy. Learn the local story of the Easter Rising. Meet 1pm at Irish Labour History Museum, Beggar’s Bush. Free.
Wednesday 10 February, 6.30pm
Talk by Mick O’Farrell, author of 50 Things You Didn’t Know About 1916. Ringsend Library. Free, but booking required. Telephone 01-6680063 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 14th to June 25th
Citizens in Conflict 1916, Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street. Multi-media exhibition focusing on local garrisons and civilian casualties. Free.